Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs) work in medical, psychiatric and educational settings to help clients improve psychological and physiological functioning.
The music therapy degree program at Nazareth College studies the impact of melody, harmony, and rhythm on children and adults with physical, communication, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. Students participate in hands-on clinical training, working directly with clients both in the community and in Nazareth's on-campus Music Therapy Clinic, part of the College's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute. Nazareth is the only college that offers this program within 120 miles of Rochester.
As part of clinical practice, music therapy majors learn to improvise and compose music for guitar and piano. They work in a number of educational and healthcare settings, and complete six-month internships at the culmination of their degree program.
Jessica was elected president of the American Music Therapy Association Students group during her senior year at Nazareth. Her six-month internship at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, led to being hired there as a full-time board-certified music therapist.
Volunteering at an elementary school, working in a clinic on campus, and co-disciplinary experience make the music therapy major an exciting and integrative program with real world experience.